HUNTINGTON — Despite the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 12 months, businesses continued to open, move or expand around the region in 2020.
Statewide, West Virginia registered 13,288 new businesses in the previous 12-month period, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020, according to data kept by the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.
Summers County led all 55 counties with a 14.09% growth for the calendar year. Cabell County saw 549 new businesses, with a 1.53% growth rate, while Wayne County added 119 new businesses, with a growth rate of 1.25%. Kanawha County added 1,136 businesses, with a growth rate of 0.25%.
Boone County added 70 new businesses, with a 1.04% growth rate; Logan County added 119 new businesses, with a growth rate of .91%; Mason County added 71 new businesses, with a growth rate of .46%; and Lincoln County added 38 new businesses, but when factoring in businesses lost, it showed a declining rate of negative 1.61%.
Here is a look at some of the locally owned businesses’ openings and their owners.
Square One Sports
Square One Sports announced in February 2020 the grand opening of its 16,000-square-foot indoor soccer facility at 4500 Terrace Ave. in Huntington.
Robert Ngumire, owner of Square One Sports, played soccer at Marshall University with his brother in 2001 and 2002. His business offers soccer and…